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Iraq vet Rep. Zeldin demands Congress force FBI to recover ‘lost’ text messages

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The New York Republican congressman, who served in Iraq as a military intelligence officer for the 82nd Airborne Division in 2006, called for Congress to act forcefully after learning that the Federal Bureau of Investigation claimed that it lost five months of text messages between two senior bureau officials.

“Congress must do everything it can to recover these critical text messages, including subpoenaing Strzok and Page’s cell carriers and requesting the FBI perform a full forensic exam of their employees’ phones in an attempt to recover the messages,” said Rep. Lee Zeldin.

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Previously released text messages sent between the two senior FBI officials, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page betrayed their hostility to Donald J. Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, including messages that strongly suggest that the two, who were also lovers, were willing to use the FBI to influence presidential politics.

Cpt. Lee Zeldin poses for a photo during a 2006 deployment to Iraq. Zeldin, now a major in the Army Reserve, is also a congressman for New York. (courtesy photo) (Army photo)

Actions taken by Congress would complement the ongoing investigation by the Justice Department Inspector General of the FBI’s handling of Hillary R. Clinton’s private email server that she used for official and sensitive correspondence as secretary of state.

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NEW: Joe Biden Bashes Incoming Trump Administration In Leaked 2016 Call to President of Ukraine

Completely inappropriate.

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Joe Biden speaks in critical and partisan terms of the incoming Trump administration in a new leaked call to the President of Ukraine unveiled Wednesday.

In the call, conducted in November 2016 a week after then-candidate Trump’s election victory, Biden bashes the incoming administration to the foreign leader, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Biden assails the Trump transition team as incompetent, turning down the idea of visiting the country before the January transition before Trump is “fully briefed” on matters related to Ukraine.

In a second call, Biden asks for Poroshenko to describe his conversations with incoming President Trump, going to to speak of Trump in more dismissive terms. He describes Trump as a “dog who caught the car, and who doesn’t know what to do.” Not quite a “dog-faced pony soldier,” but definitely not an appropriate way for an outgoing vice president to describe an incoming president to a foreign leader.

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A Ukrainian comedian originally released the calls, suggesting questionable operational security within the conversations of Joe Biden and Poroshenko. Biden has a lengthy history of ethical questions regarding his relationship with Ukraine, including looking the other way as his son Hunter secured an extremely lucrative position at a Ukrainian oil company without any experience whatsoever in the energy industry.

Biden himself would later go on to demand the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor who was investigating corruption allegations against the younger Biden, a clear conflict of interest Biden merely dismissed when he spoke openly of securing the prosecutor’s firing at a Council on Foreign Relations public event.

This is a totally inappropriate way for a Vice President to speak to a foreign leader, and the public should be concerned about how Biden plans to conduct diplomacy should he be elected President.

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